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Spoke Partner

Southwest Georgia United

This is an official Spoke of NAV GA and is funded through a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration. There is no charge for services provided. Register for Technical Services today.

CALL   229.273.8482 x288

 to contact Program Manager Brandon Simpson directly.

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About Southwest Georgia United

The mission of Southwest Georgia United is to work with the community in a cooperative spirit to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life.”

“Our vision is the creation of a well-educated, active, attractive, and sustainable community of healthy families.”

The Empowerment Zone program funding ended in 2009. The needs of the community, however, did not go away when the Empowerment Zone funding ended. SW GA United’s Board of Directors chose to continue operations and pursue the organization’s mission of community improvement. SW GA United grew and changed. It now provides economic development and community development services throughout Georgia.

To meet the needs of Georgia’s communities, SW GA United serves the entire state as a Community Development Financial Institution. Its small business loans, micro-loans, business development services, and home repair loans support jobs and decent housing.

SW GA United owns and manages more than 150 units of affordable single-family rental property. It continues to use grant funding to operate a YouthBuild program (U.S. Department of Labor), the Salt of the Earth after school program (Georgia Department of Family and Children Services), and a housing counseling program (Georgia Department of Community Affairs). It has used USDA funding and Atlanta Federal Home Loan Bank funding to rehabilitate and repair housing for low income families.

All of the organization’s activities are “double bottom line” — focused on reducing poverty and improving the quality of life in rural Georgia. All net revenues are used toward its mission. One third of its board membership continues to be restricted to representatives of low income communities.

Services Offered

Southwest Georgia United (SWGAU) provides a grassroots initiative for economic development and community improvement in rural southwest Georgia. SWGAU is a CDFI and CDC that acts as a pass-through funding and technical assistance source for nonprofit organizations and agencies within the Southwest Georgia United Empowerment Zone service area and surrounding counties.
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